Light 'Em Up
By Brian~WDWithMe, Jun 23 2015 12:19AM
The Imagineers who create the wonderfully themed environments throughout Disney are called Show Set Designers. (Actually, there are a lot of people that can have a role in this. Even though I was a Show Writer, even I was asked to contribute to show set design on occassion....) But it's the "official" Show Set Designers who often act as the environmental “art directors”-and a talented lot they are! Great fun to work with too.
When done properly, show set design brings together props, lighting, audio, colors...all sorts of stimuli...that tie together a unified theme and transport our guests to places as far away from Orlando, Anaheim, Hong Kong, or whatever city their theme park is actually located in. Individually these elements or props might be incredibly obvious and stick out like a sore thumb. However, when placed in context with their surroundings, they almost go without notice. Well, maybe not without notice...but certainly easily accepted as a normal part of the environment. Here's an example.
As I was wandering through Ft. Wilderness recently, I was admiring the outdoor light fixtures out there. Now mind you, I don't normally take time to admire light fixtures, but this was a case where I guess my ex-Imagineering eyes kicked into gear. Besides—how many places would go to the trouble to install custom-made lamp fixtures that look like old-time oil lamps? I don't know how many people really stop to take pause and notice that, but to me a great example of how those sort of details—going so far to even theme the lampposts—make all the difference in the World.
What are some of the best theming details you've seen in the parks and resorts? I'd love to hear...
My absolute favorite themed Disney attraction is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. From the fabulous background music to the hotel lobby and library, it immerses Guests in "the Golden Age of Hollywood." I'm a bit obsessed with the 40s-50s, so Tower of Terror allows me to experience that time as I journey to the 5th Dimension.
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